University of Twente Student Theses


Designing a robotic platform

Yong, Chee Kent (2013) Designing a robotic platform.

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Abstract:The design process taught at the University of Twente’s industrial design program, involves the dividing of mentioned process in multiple phases. These phases each have a milestone that acts as the final result of each phase, and marks the starting point for the next phase. This project is divided in four phases. 1. Analysis phase: In this first phase, analytic research methods were utilized in order to establish the general idea of a robotic relocation solution. By exploring market available solutions, one can attain insight of viable ideas. Also, an attempt was made not to limit the creative process too much, done by establishing specifications and requirements in a basic way. This method leaves room for creativity in the idea generation phase. The result of the analysis phase is a design brief, a list of requirements and specifications which defines the concept. 2. Concept phase: The second phase starts from the design brief generated during the analysis phase. Using the design brief, aspects from the analysis and other sources of inspiration, a creative process is executed. Through sketching, elimination and (re)iteration, a working concept is created from a wide amount of ideas. The result is a description of a concept along with a visual depiction. 3. Detailing phase: This phase further develops the concept into a model ready for manufacturing. By analyzing the weak points in the concept, and components to actuate the platform, an attempt is made to create a fully operational platform concept. This phase involves the selection of electronic components and materials of which the platform will be built. The result is a manufacturing plan which will be used in the workshop to fabricate and assemble the prototype. 4. Manufacture and evaluation: The last phase involves the execution of the detailed concept plan and evaluation of the resulting prototype. The prototype is fabricated and then tested using the design brief standards. This section also includes any recommendations for further developing iterations of the platform. The final result of this phase is a fully operational platform, able to relocate a robotic arm according to the initially established requirements. Dividing the document into these four sections gives a clear overview about the content available in each phase. This method provides insight in goals and milestones during the reading of each chapter in this document.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:20 art studies
Programme:Industrial Design BSc (56955)
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